We want to partner with you to make it easy to find help and the answers you need! On this page we’ll start with general help with understanding the Bible and your relationship with Jesus. Then you can scroll down to our student, parent and youth worker sections to find links specific to you!
First, let’s address the most important question:
How Do I Become A Christian?
Very simply a Christian is a person who has decided to follow Jesus Christ with their whole lives. If you have never committed to doing this, please really consider doing so. The Bible says that “now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2b.) If you would like to know about God’s story and how you fit into it, then click here.
Consider taking the following steps to commit your life to God:
Admit. Admit that you have done wrong (the Bible calls this sin) and that you need God (Romans 3:23-26.)
Believe. Believe that God was born to us in the flesh through Jesus Christ. Believe that it is possible to have a relationship with God because Jesus died for our sins and rose again from the dead (John 3:16-17, John 14:6, Romans 10:9-10.)
Confess. Confess your sin to God and accept his forgiveness (1 John 1:8-9.) Every one of us chooses to live our lives like we want to, taking charge, ignoring God, pleasing ourselves. That’s what separates us from God. That’s why we need his forgiveness.
Dedicate. Dedicate yourself completely to following Jesus Christ (which means to make him the President or the Lord of your life.) Receiving God’s gift of forgiveness through Jesus will set you in a new direction because now you’re following Christ (Romans 10:9; Luke 9:23.)
Express. Express your faith in Christ publicly (tell others about your new faith.) This may be difficult to do, but ask God to help you do this (Matthew 10:32-33; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8, Romans 10:9-10.)
Find. Find other followers of Jesus at a Christian church near you, who can encourage you and walk with you in your new spiritual journey (Hebrews 10:24-25.)
The first 4 steps can be expressed through prayer (talking to God.) Here is an example of a prayer you could say- the specific words are not important. What is important is your sincerity in your prayer.
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ, died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
If you have made a committment to follow God, or would like to know more about the Christian faith, then send us an email at email@example.com. We can also help you with the last 2 steps- learning how to talk about your faith to others and finding a church.
Some good links for everyone:
BibleGateway.com is a great resource for looking up Bible verses, finding what the Bible says about a certain topic, and finding devotionals and reading plans to read the Bible in a year.
YouVersion has many Bible reading plans both short (a few weeks) and long (a year) and devotionals and is available as a free app on mobile devices.
GotQuestions.org helps you answer the questions you have about the Bible and what it really says.
Crosswalk.com is a great resource for Christian living- includes devotionals, resources for daily living and family issues, news and blogs about culture and current events, and more.
Chat About Jesus is a safe place for conversation about Jesus and how much He loves you via text, online chat or a phone call.
If you're looking for a place to hang out and learn more about Jesus in a fun way, check out our Campus Life [M] clubs or a student-led club on campus.
If you want to make a difference at your school and share Jesus with your friends, consider starting a YFC Core team- YFC Core is teams of students with adult coaches who together, follow Jesus in a way that naturally invites friends to discover Jesus with them. Teams of students meet weekly with adult coaches to Share, Pray and Discover how God is challenging them to take risks and invite their lost friends to discover Jesus with them. We can help you get started! Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about spiritual issues, 412teens.org is dedicated to encouraging teens and sharing pearls of biblical truth in a sea of spiritual sludge. You can search through the questions others have asked, or ask your own questions! It's a ministry of GotQuestions.org , but this site is geared specifically to you!
If you have more questions or are looking for more resources, don't forget to check out the main Resources above!
At Youth for Christ, we desire to stand alongside you as you seek to raise kids who follow Jesus Christ. If there is any way we can be of assistance, please get in touch with us! We believe you’ll find some of the links below useful.
TheSource4Parents.com - a ministry of The Source For Youth Ministry- free resources, ideas, articles, helps and advice for parents (mostly geared toward parents of teens.)
The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding- the website contains lots of articles and research, as well as a resource center with books and DVDs available to purchase.
Focus On The Family - articles and resources for parents (from babies to teens.)
Family Life- articles, videos and recorded radio broadcasts covering parenting issues from young children to adult children.
Home Word (a ministry of Azusa Pacific University)- has articles, devotionals and a culture blog for families.
Youth worker resources
One of the 5 Essentials of our ministry at Youth For Christ is Collaborative Community Strategy - We intentionally work together with local churches, agencies and other partners to provide sustainable youth and family ministry. Here are some good (mostly free!) resources for you:
The Source For Youth Ministry has loads of free resources, ideas, articles and training, as well as stuff to purchase. A must see for any youth leader.
Youth Specialties has plenty of great articles and blog posts on the website. Their training events, conferences and resources are definitely worth checking out!
Dare 2 Share more free resources- articles, blog posts, curriculum, etc to help you mobilize your teenagers to relationally and relentlessly make disciples who make disciples.
If you're looking for curriculum, sermons, books or other resources to purchase, Group Publishing and Simply Youth Ministry can help!